Judge John Hodgman Episode 147: A Trial of Two Cities

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Christine brings the case against her cousin Lara. Christine lives in Philadelphia, Lara lives in Raleigh. Christine says the two cities aren't comparable, and Philadelphia is clearly the superior city. Lara disagrees. Who's right? Who's wrong?

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Evidence

Submitted by Christine

Exhibit A
Photo from Kyle and Lara's visit in March 2011. My cousin Kyle was very excited to see this plaque. Lara refused to pose with it. Here I am, proud of the musicians of Philadelphia.

Exhibit B
Lara giving a thumbs up to both Betsy Ross's house and the sites of Philadelphia, also this cat.

Exhibit C
A website Lara sent me to try and prove Raleigh is better than Philadelphia. Raleigh is #10 on this list by the reputable website we all love, Credit Donkey.

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City Planning

I couldn't find this anywhere on the internet (so it must not be true), but I was told, while on a Segway Tour of downtown Raleigh, that the city layout was modeled after Philadelphia.

Lowellville, KY

Where is "Lowell-ville", KY?

Maybe the judge was referring to another city that is the subject of this joke:

How do you pronounce the capital of Kentucky?
A. Lew-ee-vill
B. Lew-es-vill
C. Lull-vull

The answer, of course: Frankfort

C is the correct pronunciation of Louisville. Or maybe "Lull-uh-vill". "Lowell-ville" is right out.

Further Evidence For Raleigh

Bojangles (granted all over the south).
Beer, Bourbon, BBQ Festival.
Not being from Philly.

Also, Charlotte is horrible. Hoooooooooorrible.

The Avett Brothers hail from

The Avett Brothers hail from Concord, which is essentially a suburb of Charlotte, NOT Raleigh, and Charlotte is a thousand times better than Raleigh. But yay North Carolina!

Karate Men Bruise on the Inside!

I *loved* the Trading Places reference :D